Nigerian government has been commended for its efforts in the fight against the proliferation of illegal mining in the country.
The Nigerian Mining and Geo-sciences Society (NMGS), gave the commendation in a Press conference held in Kano state north western Nigeria, as part of activities to mark its 54th Annual International Conference and Exhibition tagged Kano 2018.
The National President of the Society, Prof. Silas Dada hailed the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development saying “in the last three years, the rampant cases of illegal mining have been drastically reduced by 50 per cent.”
He lamented that over the years, unpatriotic activities of illegal miners have eaten deep into the fabrics of the sectors, which remains one of the windows of the nation’s economic development.
According to him, the lack of planning by successive governments to have a blue print that can develop the mining sector and guide against activities of illegal miners has brought about the high rate of unemployment and lack of development in the sector he described as money-spinning.
He advised the Nigerian Government to “engage in the establishment of technical schools to promote and encourage artisanship and as well boost mining activities.”
He further called for the government’s intervention in the area of extensive research that can lead to viable means of identifying locations of solid minerals and its preservation for proper security.
He added that, “as a Society, our role is to advise the government and we will continue to play that role to the fullest. As such, we will not allow our professional expertise to be thrown aside. We shall continue to push further until we get to the promise land.”